More local news via the world-wide web tools (Google Alert – alaska bird flu) [see earlier post, Test results (maybe)]

Anchorage lab certified to test for bird flu
Anchorage Daily News – Anchorage,AK,USA
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A state lab in Anchorage is ready to join a nationwide effort to detect early on whether a deadly bird flu virus has reached the North …

Bird flu worries prompt new Alaska animal test law
Reuters India – Mumbai,India
… and wild birds during the summer and fall providing timely results from Alaska, the focus of much of the federal government’s bird flu surveillance efforts.

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By ANNE SUTTON, The Associated Press
Published: June 13, 2006

The Department of Environmental Conservation Environmental Health Laboratory was certified last week to test for avian influenza in what will be thousands of fecal and intestinal track samples collected from wild and domestic birds around the state this year.

The National Animal Health Laboratory Network approved the lab, making it one of 47 state-funded labs around the country that will conduct the bird flu surveillance testing….

The lab will test for H5 and H7 subtypes of the virus. Any positive results will be sent on to the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, for a full analysis to see if it matches the highly pathogenic virus that has killed or led to the slaughter of millions of birds in Europe, Asia and Africa….

In announcing the certification today, Gov. Frank Murkowski also signed into law a measure that gives the state veterinarian legal authority to isolate sick animals. Until now, the state has had to depend on the voluntary efforts of animal owners….

http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/ ap_alaska/story/7854174p-7747963c.html

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